Geographic

  • Governments mull greater geo gTLD powers

    … Governments are toying with the idea of asking ICANN for greater powers over gTLDs that match their geographic features. The names of rivers, mountains, forests and towns could be protected under ideas bandied around at the ICANN 57 meeting in India today. The Governmental Advisory Committee held a session this morning to discuss expanding…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 15 readers -
  • DCA fails .africa evaluation

    … ruling stating that ICANN erred by accepting the advice with no explanation, compelling ICANN to put the DCA application back into evaluation. After a six-month review, the Geographic Names Panel has now concluded that, duh, nobody supports DCA’s bid. ICANN has now changed the status of DCA’s application from “Not Approved” to “Will Not Proceed…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 16 readers -
  • Tata’s bid for .tata gTLD scuppered by Morocco

    … of the relevant government. Tata was the last applicant to pass its ICANN evaluation, when in July 2014 it finally managed to pass its Geographic Names Review on the basis of a letter from a Moroccan official. However, in September last year the Moroccan’s government’s digital economy minister denied that the letter indicated support for .tata…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 7 readers -
  • Africa hands coffin nails to DotConnectAfrica evaluators

    … to Ms Bekele cannot be properly considered as a “letter of support or endorsement” with the context of ICANN’s requirements and cannot be used as such. The AUC itself has also now confirmed for the umpteenth time, in a September 29 letter (pdf), that it doesn’t support the DCA bid either. It said: Any reliance by DCA in its application…

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  • ICANN finally publishes THAT .africa letter, makes me look like an idiot

    … program’s Geographic Names Panel at InterConnect Communications. The GNP took the letter as an official endorsement of ZACR’s bid, enabling it to pass the Geographic Names Review and proceed to the next stage of the program. Having seen (and published) the signed AUC letter, I opined here in July that it looked like it had been mostly been written…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 5 readers -
  • ICANN will post more uncensored .africa info

    … ICANN has committed to post more unredacted documents from its Independent Review Process case with DotConnectAfrica, following a request from DI. The organization told DI today that it will publish the documents on its web site by August 31, in response to our July 27 Documentary Information Disclosure Request. I’d asked ICANN to publish…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 6 readers -
  • Most governments keep restrictions on country names in new gTLDs

    … Just one out of every 10 governments in the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee is happy for people to register its country name in new gTLDs. That’s according to a new GAC database detailing which countries want to keep tabs on how their names are being used. Out of 80 GAC members contributing to the database, just eight have said registries…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 6 readers -
  • New gTLD program thrown into chaos as ICANN loses .africa case

    … ruling, especially coming as ICANN seeks to extricate itself from US government oversight, because it implicitly calls on ICANN’s board to treat GAC advice with much less deference. What’s the backstory? DCA and ZACR have competing applications for .africa, which is a protected geographic string. Under new gTLD program rules, only an applicant…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 12 readers -
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